Richard Tisei could become the first openly gay nonincumbent Republican to be elected to Congress, giving a rare insight into what an out GOP politician believes on a wide range of issues.
Tisei could actually win the race in Massachusetts's sixth congressional district, an area the real estate agent previously represented as a state senator. His chances of success are good even in this loyally blue state, where as of late September, Tisei was leading his opponent, eight-term incumbent Democratic representative John Tierney, in a Boston Globe poll 37% to 31%.
Tisei is also out-raising Tierney eight-to-one thanks to national super PACs. And the Globe endorsed him earlier this month. Since Tisei lobbied to establish marriage equality in his state and has already said he's in favor of most LGBT rights laws, here's a look at a few of Tisei's stances on other issues, including jobs, reproductive rights, health care reform, taxes, and the environment.
- The Main Message: “Overall, I consider myself a ‘live and let live Republican’ — the government should get out of your bedroom, off your back and out of your wallet.” — Tisei in The Hill, July 24
- Health Care: Tisei would vote to repeal the Democrats' health care reform bill, otherwise known as Obamacare. He also said that Gov. Mitt Romney's health care reform in Massachusetts during his term as governor was "basically right," adding, "the goal in our country should be to get everyone insured and the role of the federal government, rather than push a ‘one size fits all’ solution, should be to provide incentives for every state to innovate.”
- Jobs: "Government does not create wealth or jobs in this country. Free enterprise and individual creativity are being stifled by government – even though they are the very engines of job creation in America. ... As a small business owner, I understand the challenges that job creators face each and every day. I will fight tirelessly to put Washington on a path to fewer regulatory burdens, lower debt, and overall conditions which promote job growth." — Tisei on his campaign website
- Workplace Equality: Tisei has said he would have voted for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the first piece of legislation signed by President Obama. It extends the statute of limitations on workplace gender discrimination cases.